“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”
In order to have self control over your thoughts, actions and behaviors one must learn to keep their mind still while the rest of the world is going on around us. That is probably one of the hardest things to allow ourselves to let happen because we may feel like we are missing something. Now what is interesting about today’s quote it doesn’t just stop there, and has us not only contemplate what that means as it goes a step further and tells us that we need to be in a more or less state of tranquility in order to be vibrantly alive. So this is one where we need to look at things from both sides in order to truly gain a deeper understanding in how we can self manage and find a balance.
In Ryan Holiday’s book Stillness is the Key he contends that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus. It helps us to seek a path to the true meaning of life. I think we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we don’t ever stop to smell the roses. We don’t ever stop to take that much needed breath, give ourselves the chance to self-reflect or hit the reset button. If we are ever to achieve self-discipline we need to become more mindful and start finding the time to intentionally plan these moments of stillness into our everyday repertoire.
Now I’m sure you are wondering how can you be vibrantly alive while in repose? The best analogy I can think of is that of a boxer or even a Venus flytrap. Both act aware and alert of their surroundings. The boxer analyzes their opponent in the ring while maintaining a calm demeanor waiting for them to strike. Their alertness needs to be centered otherwise they might me the canvas floor pretty quickly. Now the Venus flytrap acts in a similar way as it waits for its prey to crawl across its leaves which triggers them to react catching them and eating them.
Both examples show that as long as we are alive, we have the ability to control our state of being. It will take practice and commitment. And in doing so you will achieve balance.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?